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“An underrated landmark”

St. Volodymyr's Cathedral
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Kiev City Tour with a Private Guide
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“An underrated landmark”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Suggested as idea to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the baptism of the Kievan Rus by Volodymyr the Great in 1852, constructions on the glorious cathedral started seven years later when the funds reached 100 000 roubles. The design of the landmark is that of a neo-Byzantine style, an idea carried out by the architects I. Schtrom, P. Sparro, R. Bemhardt, K. Mayevsky and V. Nikolayev. Unfortunately for the cathedral, it is constantly overshadowed by other famous churches in the capital despite it's unique appearance of the traditional six-piered, three-apsed temple crowned by seven cupolas. The interior of the landmark is just simply stunning: mosaics inside where executed by masters from Venice. Perhaps in a strange twist of luck, this cathedral survived unscathed in the Soviet regime even though there were threats to destroy it. After the dissolution of the USSR, the ownership of the landmark became a source of controversy. Eventually, it was settled that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kiev Patriarchy would have control over the cathedral. Fortunately for visitors (and locals), it is located in the vicinity of the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv (Metro Station: Universytet)

Visited December 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Go there and join the people taking part in a mass!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

A very active church with a lot of people during mass. Go there on a Sunday or holiday. Be careful with your camera, it is not appreciated to take photos inside.

Visited October 2012
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Bloomington, Indiana
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“Beautiful Cathedral!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

It is a lovely cathedral, right near Taras Shevcheko blvd. It is not too tall, but on the inside it is spectacular. A very relaxing place, whether you are religious/spiritual or not. I highly recommend visiting.

Visited February 2013
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“A marvel of interior painting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

This church is totally spectacular inside. Originally Vrubel was supposed to do the main works in the interior, but made the mistake of having an affair with the patron's wife, Sasha Prakhova (or so the story goes among Ukrainian artists), so the jury rejected him and Viktor Vasnetsov did it instead... and not one whit worse than Vrubel for my money. It's really a breathtaking experience and buy one of the books, which they have finally made of this interior.

Visited September 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Winter Wonderland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

This church just gives me goose bumps. We have travelled extensively in Europe and this would be one of my top 5 churches. Its not big and not particularly grand however is such a pretty fairytale kind of church that just made me smile.

We were lucky enough to visit during a service and the music from the choir made the experience lovely. The acoustics are beautiful and the voices gave me goosebumps. Well worth a visit even on a cold winters day!

Visited December 2012
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